Robert Walsh http://ripr.org en TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-17-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-0 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column. Don your ear muffs, cook up some cocoa and settle in for another exciting seven days in Rhode Island politics. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and feel free to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:57:03 +0000 Ian Donnis 29806 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Walsh Offers a Labor Perspective on the Democratic Gubernatorial Field for 2014 http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-walsh-offers-labor-perspective-democratic-gubernatorial-field-2014 <p>Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A for a discussion of pensions, President Obama, public education, and the Democratic field in next year's race for governor.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 16481 at http://ripr.org Taft-Carter orders mediation in the pension lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/taft-carter-orders-mediation-pension-lawsuit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter this morning told the two sides in the legal challenge to last year's landmark overhaul of the pension system to try to settle their differences through mediation.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Court spokesman Craig Berke says the talks will be facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a branch of the federal government. Taft-Carter is due to be updated on the status of the discussions in early February. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:19:01 +0000 Ian Donnis 4737 at http://ripr.org